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“Innovationitis” and Humanities

By Marko Demantowsky (History, University of Vienna, Austria). You read it everywhere. Everyone talks about it, always as a value in itself. We are all haunted by it, not least at universities, not least in the humanities, by the ubiquitous requirement to be innovative.

هوس ’التجديد‘ والإنسانيات

ماركو ديمانتوفسكي (التاريخ، جامعة فيينا، النمسا) تقرؤونها في كلّ مكان. يتحدّث عنها الجميع، كقيمة في حدّ ذاتها على الدوام. تطاردنا جميعًا، لا سيّما في الجامعات، ولا سيّما في الإنسانيات، مُطالِبَةً بالمطلب كلّي الحضور أن نكون مجدِّدين. فالمشاريع التي لا تقتضي التجديد لن تحلّ عليها نعمة التمويل في نظام أكاديمي منتفخ ونحيل في آنٍ معًا.

Knowledge Notes: Upcoming Deadlines

The following call, in German, is about memory and narrative, which means it’s also about public history and, implicitly, public knowledge of Germany’s Nazi past: Conference: Gedenkstättengeschichte(n). KZ-Gedenkstätten in postnationalsozialistischen Gesellschaften von 1945 bis heute – Bestandsaufnahme und Perspektiven, February 16–18, 2022, Hamburg. Deadline: September 30, 2021. Another conference that looks at historical narratives in … Continue reading Knowledge Notes: Upcoming Deadlines

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21. September 1621: Maximilian erhält die Kurwürde, heimlich

Die Sache war schon lange ausgemacht: Maximilian von Bayern würde für seine Hilfsleistung im Böhmischen Krieg zugunsten der Habsburger die Kurwürde des nun geächteten Friedrichs von der Pfalz übertragen bekommen1. Im September 1621 war es soweit. Doch konnte dies keineswegs mit großem Pomp inszeniert, ja der Vorgang an sich durfte nicht einmal öffentlich werden. So erläuterte es Ferdinand II. in einem Brief vom 21. September an „mein[en] herr[n] brueder“, wie er Maximilian von Bayern anredete2. Schon Ende August hatte der Kaiser sowohl die Kurübertragung … „21. September 1621: Maximilian erhält die Kurwürde, heimlich“ weiterlesen

The Politics of the Female Body in Contemporary Turkey: Reproduction, Maternity and Sexuality

By Ayşe Dayı and Hilal Alkan. The edited volume The Politics of the Female Body in Contemporary Turkey: Reproduction, Maternity and Sexuality illustrates and examines the various ways in which neoliberal modes of governing women’s bodies come together with religious, conservative, and authoritarian measures in contemporary Turkey.

‘Emotion Knowledge’ and Life Writing in English Military Memoirs, 1820s to 1840s

“It would be difficult,” the former officer George Gleig wrote in 1825, “to convey to the mind of an ordinary reader anything like a correct notion of the state of feeling which takes possession of a man waiting for the commencement of a battle.” Nonetheless, he tried to do just that. Time, Gleig asserted, “appears … Continue reading ‘Emotion Knowledge’ and Life Writing in English Military Memoirs, 1820s to 1840s

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